EVERETT, Wash. – Noah Juulsen was the only home goal scorer while the Seattle Thunderbirds used three unanswered goals to defeat the Everett Silvertips, 3-1 in the 7:00 p.m. game of the Holiday Inn Preseason Classic at XFINITY Arena on Friday evening.
Donovan Neuls maneuvered through traffic to the left circle and buried a wrister under the bar for a 1-0 edge at 7:08 of the first period and Jarrett Tyszka used speed off the attack to boost the Thunderbirds lead to 2-0 at 11:52, when he converted a wrister from the right circle.
The Silvertips responded by picking up shots on goal for the duration of the period and continued pressure through the second period, but the deficit grew larger on a Nick Holowko deflection at the right post, at 4:39 of the third period for a 3-0 cushion.
The Silvertips got on the board with Noah Juulsen’s first of the preseason, a dangle and snipe from the right circle at 9:43 of the third period to cut the deficit to 3-1. The goal detonated the Silvertips pressure, who were another close chance away from a one-goal game until Carl Stankowski denied a bid at the top of the crease with a diving stick save.
Carter Hart, making his preseason debut, took the loss with 22 stops. Counterpart Carl Stankowski made 30 saves.
SILVERTIPS LINE COMBOS
71 / RALPH 14 / SUTTER 33 / KING
13 / MUCKA 47 / KEMP 19 / KINDOPP
15 / RICHARDS 28 / SKOLESKI 82 / TUULOLA
11 / CENTAZZO 17 / FONTEYNE 8 / BAJKOV
24 / SKRUMEDA 3 / JUULSEN
29 / WYLIE 10 / BROWN
48 / FAIRBROTHER 5 / ONYEBUCHI
70 / Hart
31 / Petit
NOTES: Silvertips scratches included Dawson Butt, Graham Millar, Ethan Browne, Connor Dewar, Spencer Gerth, Ian Walker, Mackenzie Dwyer, Kyle Walker, Jake Christiansen, Kevin Davis and goaltender Lasse Petersen … Portland defeated Tri-City, 4-3 in the 11:30 a.m. opener … Spokane followed up with a 5-3 victory over Vancouver in the afternoon game.
The Silvertips continue their preseason in the 7:00 p.m. game of the Holiday Inn Preseason Classic at XFINITY Arena tomorrow, hosting the Vancouver Giants. Tickets are on sale at www.everettsilvertips.com.
2016-17 SCHEDULE, TICKET INFORMATION
The Silvertips will open the 2016-17 schedule with a “home-and-home” series against the Vancouver Giants, launching Friday, Sept. 23 in Langley, B.C. at 7:30 p.m. followed by the Silvertips home opener against the Giants, Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. at XFINITY Arena. Priority seating and guaranteed home opener tickets in downtown Everett are now available by placing a $50 deposit for Silvertips season ticket or mini-plan packages at www.everettsilvertips.com/season or by calling (425) 252-5100.
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